After a 125 page eBook about the Library Module, Andrew S. Gibson publishes a new eBook, about the Develop Module. With 194 pages, the guide for the Develop Module follows the exact same logic: to offer you a step by step approach, packed with lots tips that go beyond the official information all users should know.
When launching the first eBook Andrew S. Gibson stated: “I'm not going to beat about the bush with this one. It's good, and like any eBook about Lightroom will sell well. This said, readers might think, having bought a few other books or eBooks about Lightroom, if they should explore this one too.”
From my point of view there was a good reason for people to buy it: many users open Lightroom and go directly to the Develop module, as if nothing else existed in the program. Well, there is more to Lightroom, and Mastering Lightroom Book One: The Library Module shows how to use the Library. Yes, it is a 125 page eBook centered on just one module of the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom. By doing so, this eBook covers aspects you may not find so deeply explained in other Lightroom eBooks.
Andrew S. Gibson says that “the inspiration for the eBook came from the observation that that most photographers concentrate on learning how to use the Develop module, and neglect the others. Even experienced photographers don’t always realize just how much time they can save by learning to use the Library module efficiently.”
Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module changes that. It shows you how to use the Library Module to import, organize and search your images. This important task lays the foundation for the work you do in Lightroom. Mastering the Library module ultimately saves you time, which you can spend either in the Develop module or with your camera. Either way, you end up with more hours to be creative. And the eBook shows you how to use the Library module to get organized and save time in a way that manages to keeps things simple, and clearly explains everything with lots of illustrations, to create an invaluable guide that you will return to again and again.
Now, to continue the story, Andrew S. Gibson launched Mastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop Module, A Photographer's Guide to Lightroom 4&5. Again he opens the guide with some sound information for those interested in Lightroom and emphasizes a couple of points he feels are important yet “seem to be omitted from most books on this topic; Andrew S. Gibson reminds readers that “post-processing starts at the point you press the shutter button to take a photo” and “intent determines your approach. It is linked to your world view, and the way you want to express it in your photos.”
The eBook is packed with notes that will remind you some important aspects of Lightroom, things like “there is not no ‘correct’ order in the Develop module” and “your approach probably depends as much on the subject as it does on anything else”. Andrew s. Gibson makes it clear that through the eBooks he encourages readers “to explore Lightroom’s processing tools for yourself, rather than tell you what you should do” because “what works for one photo may be inappropriate for another, and it’s wrong to be dogmatic about technique.”
Browsing through the pages of both guides, Mastering Lightroom: Book One – The Library Module and the new one, Mastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop Module, A Photographer's Guide to Lightroom 4&5 one finds how versatile Lightroom is, as a program. The fact that Andrew S. Gibson dedicates so much time and space to each module, confirms the multiplicity of options available. One may not consider using all the suggestions he makes, or use some of them and then adapt other ideas from other sources, but it is only trough reading and exploring multiple suggestions that each of us can define a personal workflow that gets the most out of Lightroom. Or any other program.
The new eBook, Mastering Lightroom: Book Two – The Develop Module, A Photographer's Guide to Lightroom 4&5, is available with a special offer! Enter the code “march2” at checkout to receive a discount of £2 off the normal purchase price of the eBook. The code expires at midnight, 31st March 2014 GMT.